All Things Considered for October 20, 2013
Oct 20, 2013 — The sitar-playing daughter of the late Ravi Shankar discusses teaming up with her half-sister, Norah Jones, on the new album Traces of You. Hear how their collaboration elicited an unexpected echo of their father's work, a sign that they were meant to work together.
Oct 20, 2013 — The new RoboRoach project allows users to influence the movements of cockroaches with a smartphone. Greg Gage of Backyard Brains says it's not brain control but more like the bridle of a horse. The RoboRoach just provides a sensation that makes the cockroach perceive an obstacle.
Oct 20, 2013 — Actor Barkhad Abdi plays the ruthless leader of Somali pirates in the film Captain Phillips. To train for the role, Abdi learned how to swim, handle weapons, drive a skiff — and act.
Oct 2, 2013 — In The Pure Gold Baby, a budding anthropologist raises a developmentally disabled child and confronts the challenges of middle age. This is a surprise comeback for author Margaret Drabble, who swore in 2009 that she'd never publish fiction again.